Health and Wellbeing are on the agenda at Rudheath Senior Academy

Children at Rudheath Senior Academy are flying high after taking part in the Hummingbird Project to improve their emotional wellbeing.

A group of Year 7 pupils are taking part in the eight-week training course which aims to give them the tools to become more emotionally resilient and learn positive psychology.

Emma Leftwick, Assistant Headteacher said: “The aim is to make a real, measurable difference to young people’s emotional wellbeing.

“By helping students and school staff to become more aware of the early warning signs, we can get the right help quicker and also reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

The workshops is co-designed by MedEquip4Kids, psychologists at the University of Bolton and young people from across the North West to help tackle the growing in mental health issues amongst young people.

The sessions aim to address concerns and challenges before looking at strengths of everyone in the group and exploring happiness, resilience and character strengths, growth mindsets, hope, gratitude and mindfulness.

It is one of many new projects and changes which have taken place at the Middlewich Road school since it joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in November 2018.

One of the highest performing Trusts in the country, NWAT has a proven track record of improving schools, and Rudheath is already making strides.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “We believe every child deserves the best possible education, and we’re working extremely hard to make Rudheath the best it can be. This is another step forward.”

Amongst the Trust’s success stories are Oak View in Winsford, which was the second worst primary in the country in 2014 but rated ‘good’ by Ofsted within the first three years as part of NWAT.

St Martin’s Academy, Chester, is rated ‘outstanding’ and Delamere Academy, near Northwich, is the highest performing primary in the borough.

Acrefield Primay School, in Chester, was named by The Times as 75th best performing primary in the country, according to average SATs results.

For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy, visit their website, email: or tel: 01606 42515.